Six seek Epsom

June 26th, 2011 at 6:37 pm by David Farrar

Belinda McCammon in the SST reports:

Six people have put their names forward to contest the Party nomination for , including former Christian Heritage leader .

McQueen did not return for calls for comment all week but sources have told the Sunday Star Times he is seeking the nomination after unsuccessfully standing for selection in the North Shore seat.

I’ve not met Ewen McQueen who might be a very nice man, but my gut reaction is I’d rather vote for a Labour candidate, than for a former leader of Christian Heritage.

If National did select McQueen, that would guarantee it for Banks I suspect.

Former Auckland City Council councillor , who stood under the Action Hobson ticket, is also seeking selection.

Simpson’s bid for selection has raised eyebrows within some National Party members, with one member describing it as “odd” given his voting history on the council.

Simpson served one term as a councillor from 2004 to 2007 before failing to be re-elected and had a history on the council of voting with the centre-left, including installing Bruce Hucker as deputy mayor and supporting mayor Dick Hubbard as Mayor.

I have to confess I did not know Richard was a member, let alone wanted to be a National MP. His voting record will come under scrutiny I expect. The battle for the nomination could get interesting as Bhatnagar won his Auckland City Council seat off Simpson in 2007.

, a former Auckland mayoral candidate at the last election, could not be reached for comment but is also understood to be standing.

Again, not someone I would have guessed is a National Party member.

I’ve previously blogged on the other three candidates, Bhatnagar, Goldsmith and Krum.

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25 Responses to “Six seek Epsom”

  1. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    National takes a play from the Maori Party.

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  2. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Richard Simpson isn’t a member. He will need board approval to make it past pre-selection.

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  3. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @Whaleoil 7:34 pm

    Richard Simpson isn’t a member. He will need board approval to make it past pre-selection.

    How about Don Brash and Act then? And if you are not a Nat member as you claim to not be Whale, then how do you have that info? Privacy Act breach by any chance?

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  4. georgedarroch (317 comments) says:

    There’s also a former United Future party president there too, in the form of Denise Krum. Bhatagnar was a friend of Hide’s and an ACT member until 2002.

    Whatever the case, there will be someone standing against a former National MP and cabinet minister running as an ACT candidate, in an ACT party led by a former National leader.

    National likes to pretend that’s its fairly centrist, but the ease with which the two parties have switched people in the last 15 years is rather illustrative.

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  5. DT (104 comments) says:

    A good deal of the information that Whale uses is sourced illegally or through party hacks who know that it will be aired by Whale for their benefit. Whale is being used by right wing activists (most of whom the honourable parts of the right wouldn’t be seen dead with) as much as he uses them, since they know that he won’t identify his sources. Its also why about 50% of his claims are dodge and unreliable.

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  6. Grendel (991 comments) says:

    What have Brash and Act got to do with the National Selection process in Epsom Toad? oh thats right, nothing at all, other than your pathetic attempts as usual to smear. instead of being a weasel and just inferring, why don;t you come out and actually say what you are trying to imply. Coward.

    As for Simpson, i think its pretty obvious that Whale has sources that give him info, hell maybe even Simpson himself talks to Whale. the other point is that its got nothing to do with you, but just another lame attempt at smearing.

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  7. Grendel (991 comments) says:

    Bullshit DT, don;t think for a second that anyone uses Whale to do anything unless he wants to do it. Usual crap left smears.

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  8. DJP6-25 (1,355 comments) says:

    Grendel 9:02 pm. Well, it’s not like the left have anything else to go on is it? So they just project their SOP onto us.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  9. DJP6-25 (1,355 comments) says:

    DT 8:56 pm. Name three of his claims that are ‘dodgy, and unreliable’.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  10. grumpyoldhori (2,416 comments) says:

    Is there any down side for the Nats in picking Ewen McQueen ?
    Can hardly see the well educated voters in Epsom voting for McQueen so Banks would romp in.
    Or could we end up with pissed off Nats not liking the games being played around them voting Labour ?

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  11. DT (104 comments) says:

    I’m not going through his posts to remember them. But there must be at least three regarding alleged Goff leadership plots coming from Parker, Mallard, Cunliffe, and Robertson that I know just weren’t true (maybe in the future, but they would killed their own mothers not to have taken the Labour leadership when Whale alleged they wanted it).

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  12. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @Grendel 8:59 pm

    What have Brash and Act got to do with the National Selection process in Epsom Toad?

    Rather more than you may imagine. But the obvious analogy is that Brash was a Nat member when he launched his Act leadership bid with the deal to install ex-Nat Minister and Nat member Banks (excuse me a minute while I have a quick puke…) as the Act Epsom candidate.

    So isn’t it a wee bit ironic that non-Nat applicants are now seeking the Nat nomination for Epsom. Better than having Bhatnagar rubber-stamped to run a no-profile campaign to let Banks win by default and then get the payoff of a cushy job as a Ministerial advisor.

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  13. BlairM (2,315 comments) says:

    What a clusterfuck.

    Even Bhatty boy is a former member of another party, not that I can talk, but seriously! Where is the candidate that is going to take it to the sociopathic old man Banksy? Where is the candidate who is going to fight against this traitorous ideological ghetto and fifth column that is the ACT Party and destroy them once and for all? Nowhere. All I see are tools and fools.

    None of these people are going to represent the wealthiest electorate in the country the way it ought to be, and I only wish I was back home so I could deal to these fools.

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  14. Grendel (991 comments) says:

    no toad you are reaching, and have no evidence.

    Provide the evidence that there was a deal with Brash and National to ‘install’ banks. You have none, you have taken multiple seperate events and made up the links that simply don’t exist.

    Once again an attempt at a smear. you throw out some items that are true and innocuous, and then imply wrongdoing, hoping that everyone else will run with it and not question. but you have nothing here.

    There is as much proof of this as there is that Robyn Malcolm was showing up to plug for the greens and get publicity at the last election and early in this term so she could be ‘installed’ in a high list position for this election, at least until she screwed the pooch and the country realised what a loon she is (so therefore well qualified to be in the greens caucus), and you quietly turned your back on her.

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  15. DJP6-25 (1,355 comments) says:

    DT 9:13 In other words nothing. What a surprise. Over and out.

    David Prosser

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  16. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    When I see the name Ewen McQueen I first accidentally think people are talking about the gay fashion designer who recently killed himself. But after that I remember that Ewen was a replacement for Graham Capill. Unfortunately for McQueen, the CHP and Capill are inextricably linked in the minds of many NZers.

    This guy’s still a fundamentalist Christian who shares many of the same views as Capill (i.e. controlling women’s wombs and hating gay people; hopefully not Capill’s views on underage consent). And McQueen must have been complicit in the absolute lack of comment by the CHP once Capill was convicted – they just wiped his existence and carried on. The event needed some acknowledgement – but McQueen just leads the CHP into oblivion, then goes and snakes into the National Party.

    The Nats don’t need people like him. Leave the delusional weirdos to the Mana Party and Labour.

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  17. DT (104 comments) says:

    DJP6-25 10:35pm: In other words, the misinformation Whale put out was complete bullshit (ie, no leadership votes ever eventuated) and you can’t find any evidence to prove that it is more than bullshit put out there to create instability. Because that is all it was. Disagree. You prove it.

    I am reliably informed that Paula Bennett is doing the numbers for Kate Wilkinson to unseat John Key because she is annoyed at him for dismissing her ideas about the youth minimum wage. I am reliably informed by National figure that it is the case.

    Anyone can make bullshit statements up.

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  18. DJP6-25 (1,355 comments) says:

    DT 1:12 am. Whale comes up with good information. He doesn’t have to fly kites. Unlike leftists, he doesn’t have to make stuff up. If he says pollie x is considering y, I’d be inclined to beleive him straight up. His analysis is usually pretty good too. I read Kiwiblog, No Minister [often Not PC] and Whale. If I want the socialist version of yesterday’s news, I could go to Stuffed.com, or the Herald.

    As for Paula Bennett rolling John Key. Won’t happen. He is too popular.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  19. scrubone (3,090 comments) says:

    And McQueen must have been complicit in the absolute lack of comment by the CHP once Capill was convicted

    Clearly, that’s why he made a major part of his broadcast election message an apology for for harbouring Capill. He was as I recall, upfront at all times with the party condemning without reservation what Capill did.

    But I guess the “everyone covered it up” fits your own biases better.

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  20. Chuck Bird (4,825 comments) says:

    “This guy’s still a fundamentalist Christian who shares many of the same views as Capill (i.e. controlling women’s wombs and hating gay people; hopefully not Capill’s views on underage consent). And McQueen must have been complicit in the absolute lack of comment by the CHP once Capill was convicted ”

    Tristanb, why do you not use your real name when you slander someone?

    Leader speaks out about Capill’s crimes

    http://tvnz.co.nz/content/594749/2591754.xhtml

    I bet you cannot quote McQueen say that he hates gays. I am sure he is opposed to homosexual marriage and adoption as I do but that does not we hate homosexuals except in the eyes of the lunatic fringe of the libertarians.

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  21. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Well it sure doesn’t sound like you love them as your God/Jesus said you should you bigot.Your days are ending fast Bird…your hatred based on your own sexual insecurity and lack of faith in your God are your doom.

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  22. Chuck Bird (4,825 comments) says:

    It is a bit of a joke you calling anyone a bigot Jenkins.

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  23. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    The realpolitik of selection is putting forward candidates that contribute to the overall strategy of winning elections. McQueen has baggage from the CHP. That’s the unpalatable fact. As DBF notes, he could be a nice guy, but his reaction to McQueen illustrates that this guy will be starting off on the backfoot.

    His beliefs will be probed and examined in an election campaign, and I’m not persuaded that a whiff of fundamentalism will appeal to the good voters of Epsom.

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  24. James (1,338 comments) says:

    How so Birdy? Your hatred of Gays is palpable…..and illogical .

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  25. Chuck Bird (4,825 comments) says:

    It is a little hard to debate with some who dies not know the meaning of the words they use. Look up the meaning of the word bigot Jenkins.

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